Knicks Morning News (2014.07.13)

  • [New York Times] Pau Gasol Will Sign With Bulls (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:44:16 GMT)

    The Spanish free-agent center Pau Gasol said he had decided to join the Chicago Bulls.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Gasol Will Sign With Bulls (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:40:21 GMT)

    The free-agent center Pau Gasol said he had decided to join the Chicago Bulls.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Grizzlies Sign Vince Carter (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:30:30 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies signed the eight-time All-Star Vince Carter to a multiyear deal, the club said.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: LeBron James Signs 2-Year Contract (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 01:44:23 GMT)

    First, the Cavaliers got LeBron James’ word. Then they got his signature.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: Anthony Staying With Knicks (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 01:41:14 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony is staying with the New York Knicks.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Set to Announce Deal With Knicks: Reports (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 01:29:08 GMT)

    Prolific scorer Carmelo Anthony is hammering out the final details on a contract to return to the New York Knicks, media reports said on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] James Holds Court in Rio Before World Cup Final (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:26:08 GMT)

    LeBron James made his first public appearance since announcing he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, holding court with a group of starry-eyed Brazilian basketballers on the eve of the World Cup final in Rio.

  • [New York Newsday] LeBron James leads huge power shift in NBA's Eastern Conference (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:05:43 EDT)

    If the Spurs weren't so classy, few would blame them if they sent up smoke signals from San Antonio or considered skywriting their message in every NBA city.

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: He’s not LeBron, but Melo is still King of New York (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:12:06 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony returns to the Knicks now, which was the play for him all along, no matter how much he was romanced in his tour across America, teams in New York and Chicago and Los Angeles all wanting him to come play for them.

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Are Melo’s Knicks fated to be doomed by LeBron, like Patrick and Jordan? (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 05:45:20 GMT)

    Phil Jackson has a sweetheart five-year deal to run the Knicks, Derek Fisher has his sweet five-year deal to coach the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony now has as big a five-year deal as anybody could have in the NBA.

  • [New York Daily News] Almost done! Carmelo Anthony tells Knicks he is coming back to New York (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 05:10:57 GMT)

    An erratic start to Phil Jackson’s tenure as Knicks president received a major boost on Saturday when Carmelo Anthony informed the club that he is returning. Anthony, according to a source, plans to announce his intentions at some point this weekend and most likely via his Twitter account.

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Jackson keeps big fish in Melo, but reeling in more stars will be tough (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:30:34 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony got his big money and is staying in New York as everyone figured all along, and the only question is, how much money? Did Melo give the Knicks a hometown discount so that they’ll have the necessary room to bring in more pieces?

  • [New York Daily News] Melo return excites Knicks coach Fisher (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 01:42:09 GMT)

    Derek Fisher has been around the NBA long enough to know deals aren’t done until they are officially announced, but the first-year Knicks coach was hard-pressed to suppress a smile when asked Saturday about Carmelo Anthony’s pending deal to remain in New York.

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    13 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.07.13)”

    1. Did I just hear that Carmelo’s efficiency should rise in the Triangle? Interesting. I heard lots of conjecture about his efficiency rising with the Knicks. He stayed about average.

    2. Well to be fair the average TS is generally between 53.5 and 54 and Melo has had 57.5, 52.5, 56.1, and 56 so I’d say he’s been above average despite having the highest usage in the league. If as ruru says he cuts down in his isolation plays under the structure of the triangle, it’s not ridiculous to think he might be closer to his 57.5 from 10-11

    3. Melo Almost Mega Max aside (sigh), we still need pieces. We have a giant backup-SF hole and a somehow properly valued (after these few days of free agency) JR Smith, who I don’t think can be used as a SF in the Triangle and, as I said before, should be sent away from here to mitigate bad influences in the locker room. Anybody care to suggest some realistic trades?

    4. The good thing is that Carmelo has been LeBron-like in his durability, and he’s an above-average player much of the time. If you can get 35 MPG out of your above-average SF, that makes it easier for “role players” like Country Cole and Jose Calderon to be the difference-makers on the team.

      And yes, I’m looking forward to Cole hitting .250 WP48 with starter’s minutes.

      I’m looking forward to an inflated over/under on 1) the Cavs and 2) the Knicks so I can cash in at Vegas this year. I’m not making the same mistake twice.

    5. I meant average as in career average.

      And Ariza to the Rockets. Morey can now resign Parsons. What a team they have. If Ariza stays anywhere near as productive as he was last year, that team is going to be a force.

    6. If Ariza stays anywhere near as productive as he was last year

      Is Ariza getting a one year contract?

    7. What was the point of PJ announcing that he hoped Melo would take less money to help build a contender? Obviously the primary goal was to entice Melo to take less money. Are there any secondary goals? PR in case Melo left? Anything else? If not, then PJ overplayed his hand, right? Melo’s staying and he’s probably taking close to the max.

    8. Who would be our dream get free agent to play w Melo next year? Gasol, Aldridge, Rondo or Dragic? Assuming Love will be traded before nxt year. And does it make sense to save space for 2016 to go after Durant? Those are Phil’s top two strategic questions for building a winner in next 3 yrs no?

    9. If I’m Love, I pull a Melodrama 1.0 and say I’m only going to Cleveland. It’s in his best interest legacy wise to build a juggernaut in Cleveland.

    10. I think this is the first time RuRu has been back since that time Melo said he would consider taking less money and he came on to gloat and scream I told you so from the highest mountain and did everything short of take a victory lap around MSG and blow a kiss to the crowd, right?

    11. This news that LeBron took a two year deal bc he expects max salaries to rise after the next CBA is interesting. I don’t expect there to be a new amnesty like Ephus has suggested, but if a max salary rises and the cap goes up, years 3 & 4 of melo’s deal may not be as crippling as we fear. (I’m already writing off year 5.)

    12. Who would be our dream get free agent to play w Melo next year?

      If JR opts out of his contract or Phil is able to trade him (I don´t think he is such a bad value at his current contract, but we have a lot of players at de SG and I don’t like him) we may have a shot at getting Marc Gasol and Millsap although seeing how teams are spending that’s quite optimistic. A starting five of Calderon, Shump, Melo, Millsap and Gasol seems good for the triangle and is a team I can root for, which is more than we have right now.

    13. Hubert,

      My thoughts are little bit different than you describe:

      1. The salary cap is expected to go up by a major amount on account of the new national media deal. ESPN reported it may hit $80 million. The max salary would be $28 million.

      2. With his new deal, LBJ has the freedom to get a new deal in the summer of 2016.

      3. Using their Early Bird Rights, the Cavs can offer up to 175% of current salary up to the maximum.

      4. Cavs could offer LBJ a five year/161 million contract starting at 28 million.

      5. The owners believe they have the whip hand and are likely to impose a lockout in the summer of 2017.

      6. LBJ may want to lock in his big deal before that lockout.

      7. With the last two CBAs, because the salary cap became more restrictive, the owners wanted an Amnesty. If (and who knows how the negotiations will turn out) the owners are able to turn the screw again, I would expect another Amnesty.

      8. I hope that Melo proves to be worth his contract. If not, there is a possibility of an Amnesty.

      Go Knicks!

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